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My 6th layout is designed to be a compact/shelfie exhibition standard layout to show off mainly Irish locomotives of a variety of liveries. It will be sufficiently versatile to allow diesels locomotives of CIE, Supertrain, IR, IE or even UK/BR liveries to be shown. The size will be my usual 4.5 feet by 9 inch dimensions with a 2 foot fiddle-yard at one end which easily and accurately attaches/detaches with snap toggles. It will be controlled by DCC with sound in most locos. It will fit neatly into the boot of my car for easy transportation to exhibitions. I intend to allow for shunting of oil wagons. I have already built the base-boards using techniques trialled by Wexford Model Railway Club for their innovative new O gauge layout.This involves accurately cut 6 mm X 100 mm high-quality birch ply-wood sections (available from www.woodworkers.ie). The appropriate lengths of ply are hot-glued to the base-board and 15 mm sections used for face pieces. Metal connecting dowels are hammered into these pieces to align the fiddle-yard. Lengths of fibre-glass webbing are glued in place with PVA at each interface of the ply-wood elements beneath the board. Sections of wood are also glued/screwed in place to support the back-scene and side-boards. A couple of pictures: the ba
Join us for our first ever Model Railway Day at Whitehead Railway Museum on Saturday 9th November! The exhibition will be held at Whitehead Railway Museum, Castleview Road, Whitehead BT38 9NA and will showcase layouts on display in the Carriage, Locomotive and Stables Galleries from 10am-5pm. Two dozen layouts will be on show for the event including a never-before seen museum standard layout from England, the ‘Saltdean’ a Victorian Model which includes a brewery and 0 gauge locomotives based on William Stroudley’s designs. Layout highlights include Thomas the Tank Engine, Looney Toon’s Road Runner, the 1950’s Roland Emmett cartoonist inspired, Far Tottering and Oyster Creek Railway as well as various vintage models, lego layouts and a new N gauge layout in a briefcase featuring a tractor factory. Tickets can be purchased on entry and are £10 for adults and £6 for children, with a family ticket (2 adults & 2 children) costing just £25. Each ticket includes a free steam train ride, operating from the Station Building platform every 15 minutes from 12-4pm. Arriving by NI Railways? Produce your ticket to receive 20% off the admission price! The Edwardian Tea Room will be open serving hot stew, soup, tea, coffee and delicious traybakes. Additionally there will be refreshments served from our dining cars in the Carriage Gallery. With limited public car parking Whitehead Railway Museum are encouraging patrons to use public transport, this event is fully wheelchair accessible. If you would like to find out more about Whitehead Railway Museum and RPSI events, visit their website www.steamtrainsireland.com and follow them on Facebook @whiteheadrailwaymuseum Twitter @RPSItrains Instagram @steamtrainsireland